Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development


To teach the essential skills of SMSC across the curriculum through a growth mindset approach and develop this to a high standard for all pupils.


To promote a culture of enjoyment in learning about spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.


To provide purposeful, stimulating experiences that inspire life-long resilient learners who are creative and curious.


To facilitate independent learning, and progress across the curriculum so that all pupils reach their full potential academically, emotionally and socially.


To nurture life skills so that pupils become independent and self-assured learners and are prepared for the next stage in their education.


 Spiritual Development

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life & their interest in & respect for different people’s feelings & values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them including the intangible
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences

Moral Development

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • understanding of the consequences of their actions
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues

Social Development

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

At Bantock, we recognise that the personal development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards people and an understanding of their social and cultural traditions.  These aspects of development are interwoven in all areas of the curriculum.  Many curriculum subjects provide opportunities to listen and talk to each other; learn an awareness of treating all as equal and accepting people who are physically or mentally different; agree and disagree, take turns and share equipment; work co-operatively and collaboratively.  In planning lessons, teachers are aware of the need to plan opportunities to develop a wide variety of spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs.